Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 49-52

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

A One-Step Guide to a Better Job and More Money

By WC Porter There are hundreds of tips out there on how to become a better employee. I should know — I wrote a whole series about it. If you want to build a case for a raise or a new job altogether, this is a fine way of doing it. But lately I've become a fan of making one sweeping change instead of lots of small ones. […]

Reader Mailbag: Big Challenges and Business Cards

Welcome to the week-opening Reader Mailbag! What, in your estimation, is a comfortable (or perhaps average) salary for a young family? Assuming both parents are college educated. I am in a relationship that is leading to marriage. My parents are concerned that we will not have enough money to live comfortably, and will always be struggling. Currently, combined, our salaries equal around $80,000. […]

Realistic Expectations For Making Money Through Blogging

When I started Consumerism Commentary in 2003, after about eight years of writing on the internet in a smaller, more personal capacity, I only had two goals: to track my finances while working to improve my money situation and to learn more about personal finance by finding articles, sharing links, and adding occasional thoughts of my own. […]

Credit CARD Act of 2009 Guide: How It Affects Us

Last year, you probably read a lot in the news about the Credit CARD Act of 2009 and how it had credit card companies running for the hills. There were stories about how issuers were going to start implementing annual fees, cut back on reward programs, and how the credit card industry was going to get rocked. […]

How to Be Happy in Retirement

The March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports Money Adviser has an interesting article on how to avoid regrets during retirement. The article, which draws on a survey of nearly 25,000 subscribers, is simultaneously comforting and cautionary. […]

2011 Federal Income Tax Brackets (Projected Tax Rates)

Today I wanted to take a look ahead at what the 2011 tax year might have in store for us. Yes, I realize that we still have two months before 2009 taxes are due, but there are some important changes looming and the time to start planning is now. Income tax bracket changes In case you weren’t aware, the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 are set to expire at the end of 2010. […]

Mortgage Free in Five to Seven Years

The following is an excerpt from Master Your Debt: Slash Your Monthly Payments and Become Debt Free (Lynn Sonberg Books) by Jordan E. Goodman with Bill Westrom. Copyright © 2010 Jordan E. Goodman with Bill Westrom, authors of Master Your Debt: Slash Your Monthly Payments and Become Debt-Free. […]

Tax Pros: Are They a Waste of Money?

According to a recent survey, the vast majority of Americans pay a tax professional to do their taxes for them. Since this is a job that you can do yourself in minutes with cheap software, I believe a lot of people are wasting a lot of money. But if you're going to pay a pro, at least try to find the right one and harness their expertise so they're worth the extra money. […]

Review: The Retirement Savings Time Bomb… And How to Defuse It

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or related book of interest. For a long time, I avoided reading this book. The title seemed unnecessarily fear-mongering and apocalyptic to me and that’s a subgenre of personal finance books that I really have no interest in. […]

Podcast 43: Financial Samurai

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Sam, the founder of the Financial Samurai website. Sam, Flexo, and Tom Dziubek discuss the Samurai Fund, early retirement, and the Samurai Codes of Honor.Production Number: S02E17 Segment Number: 58To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), download the podcast here, subscribe to the podcast RSS feed, or use the iTunes link. […]

Being Happier Through...Botox?

By Andrea Dickson I never thought I'd admit this publicly, but I have had Botox injections before. Yes, I am only 33. And no, I don't have some kind of dysmorphic disorder, and I'm not completely obsessed with every wrinkle or line on my face. […]

Reader Story: How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars on Insurance

This guest post from Rich is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success. Today’s is a romantic story of saving money on insurance. (Okay, no romance. […]

When Living Cheap Catches Up With You

Julia writes in: What do you do when frugal living catches up with you? As a family we had a much lower income from 2002 to 2007 (layoffs in the IT industry led to trying to survive on short contract work). We did not move home as that would have cost a fortune in fees here in the UK. Instead we bought nothing beyond the essentials. No holidays, outings, clothes, entertainments, etc. […]

Principles of Biblical Finance

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Dollars and Doctrine. “I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies.  I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.” (Ps. […]

What We Know, Don’t Know, and Never Knew

One of the toughest parts of writing Your Money: The Missing Manual (and writing Get Rich Slowly every day) has been the constant feeling that I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m an accidental personal finance “expert”. I have no formal training in this stuff; instead, I’ve just read tons of books, blogs, and magazines, and have listened to other people’s stories. […]

The Online Doctor : A Good Use of Your Health Care Dollar?

By Marla Walters My husband was building a shed last week. I went out to see how it was coming, and noticed he seemed distracted about something. He said his calf was sore, as though he had a pulled muscle. As the soreness got worse, he finally stopped to look at his leg, and there was a spot of blood right where the soreness was. […]

Smithee Debt Update Feb. 13 2010

This was a pretty good week for saving money. Last weekend, I took my strict $100 out of the bank for the next seven days, but I also ordered a small-ish present for my wife, which cost about $50. As a result, I set myself a challenge to see if I could spend $50 or less of the cash I had on hand, to make up the difference.Remarkably, I managed to do that. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 13, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]